Luther and Katharina

A Novel of Love and Rebellion

by Jody Hedlund

A Christy Award-winning novel chronicling the forbidden romance between Martin Luther and his wife, Katharina von Bora, set against the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.

She was a nun of noble birth. He was a heretic, a reformer, and an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.  

In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther. His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself.
 
Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different.
 
But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love. Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever. 
 
- Christy Award: Historical Romance Fiction Winner


Recent Reviews

Luther and Katharina

Hayden Wand

3.5 Stars

When I first learned that this book was coming out, I was extremely excited. Y'see, I've always found the story of Martin…

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Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund

Tammy Griffin

4.5 Stars

I think it's interesting that when we think of Martin…

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So Good

Michelle Marble

5 Stars

This book was so much better than I anticipated! I love Jody Hedlund, but this time period and setting is not my favorite to read. BUT she wrote this story…

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A Tumultuous Relationship in a Tumultuous Time

Jane Ahrens

4.5 Stars

Political and religious intrigue in the 16th century is the setting for this historical work of fiction. Katharina von Bora is a nun at an Abbey and has no hope for life in the outside world until she began to read the writings of Martin…

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A Reformer's Struggle to Have It All

Katherine Pond

5 Stars

An absolutely riveting novel about Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, whose troubles with both the Pope and The Holy Roman Emperor seemed to preclude a chance at married life and love and the establishment of a family. At the age of 40…

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